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Delray Beach Police Seeking Dark Volkswagen That Hit Officer and Drove Away

A Delray Beach police detective is in critical condition after a hit-and-run accident, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Sept. 1. Detective Christian Mammarella was hit at 10:44 p.m. on Aug. 30 by a vehicle that his fellow officers believe was a dark-colored, late-model Volkswagen Passat or CC with wraparound headlights. Mammarella was searching for evidence at the side of the road when the vehicle apparently struck him and kept going, leaving him in critical condition in a hospital trauma unit.

A convenience store surveillance camera captured a brief video of what is believed to be the vehicle passing by, just before the crash:


Mammarella and two other detectives were searching a parking lot near the intersection of Linton Boulevard and South Dixie Highway, looking for evidence in a Boca Raton robbery. The two other detectives heard the crash and ran to Mammarella, who was closest to the road, and saw the vehicle continuing north. A spokesman for the Delray Beach police said police were confident that the vehicle was a late-model, dark-colored Volkswagen Passat or CC, probably with damage to its right front window or the right side of its windshield. It may have vanished suddenly under a tarp or into a garage since Sunday, the police said. They are using a state database to track down all cars in the state matching that description, but asked citizens with information about such a car to call Detective Justin Reed at 561-243-7850, Detective Gene Sapino at 561-243-7828 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 800-458-8477.

As a Broward County pedestrian accident attorney, I wish law enforcement the best of luck in tracking down this driver. Pedestrian accidents can be brutal, because pedestrians travel with none of the protections we enjoy inside cars, such as seat belts, airbags and reinforced crumple zones. When cars hit pedestrians, they can leave the victims wrongfully killed or with catastrophic, disabling injuries such as organ damage, multiple broken bones, head injuries or spinal cord damage. If this driver is caught, he or she could be held legally responsible for causing injuries like these — the article didn’t specify — with a Delray Beach pedestrian accident lawsuit. That’s in addition to the severe criminal penalties the driver will likely face for not only hitting and running, but hitting and running a police officer.

Cohn, Smith & Cohn represents people throughout Florida who were seriously hurt in traffic accidents caused by someone else’s carelessness. That includes accidents in which vehicles hit defenseless pedestrians as well as accidents involving cars, semi trucks and motorcycles. Our North Miami Beach pedestrian accident lawyers negotiate aggressively with insurance companies to get compensation for all of the victims’ injuries — physical, financial and emotional — including payment of any future medical costs and compensation for time victims were forced to take away from work. If negotiations fail, we are not afraid to protect your rights by filing a lawsuit in court. Our goal is to help clients get the compensation they need to treat their injuries, heal as much as possible and return to a healthy, productive life.

If you or a loved one was hit by a car while out walking and you’d like to learn more about your rights, you should call Cohn, Smith & Cohn. For a free, confidential consultation about your case and your options, you can contact us through the Internet or call (954) 431-8100 today.

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